The systematic dehumanization of the Jews

Have you ever wondered how it would be like to be treated like animals and make you do stuff you don’t want to do? Well, this is how prisoners in the holocaust where treated like. In the book “Night” by Elie Wiesel one of the main themes is dehumanization, or to deprive of positive human qualities. Three examples of dehumanization in the book are, first the tattoos on their left arms. Second, the barracks where they slept in 3. And third, the cattle cars with 80 people inside it and no water or food, and very little air. My first example of dehumanization is when the Nazis tattoo their left arms with numbers.

This is showed in page 39 of the hard cover book, when they say, “The three “veterans” with needles in their hands, engraved a number on our left arms. I became A-TI113. After that I had no other name. ” This shows dehumanization because instead of being called their names, they where called numbers, as if they where objects instead of humans. The second example of dehumanization in the book is when they take their belongings. This is shown three times in the book. First, in page 21 of the hard cover book, when they state “Those of you who still have gold, silver, or watches in your possession must give them now.

Anyone who is later found to have kept anything will be shot on the spot. ” This shows dehumanization because their loved ones where separated from them, and the only thing they had to remember them was taken from them too, and everyone deserves to have something of their own, even if it’s a piece of metal. Second, “Later on the shoes where taken from me too. ” Page 46 hc. This means that they had to run miles, and work all day with their feet uncovered, step on the small and big stones, in the winter their feet where frozen because of the snow, and on summer, step on the boiling floor.

The next example is on page 32 of the hard cover. “We had to throw our clothes at one end of the barracks. There was already a great heap there.. For us this was the equality: nakedness, shivering with the cold. ” Luckily they gave them cloth afterwards, but it is still very inhumanly for them to take their cloth from them, which they had paid money for, and also see others people’s personal body parts. Also they had to sleep two people per bunk and you could get diseases very easily, as shown in page 39 from the hardcover “ ‘You can go to bed.

Two people to a bunk. Good night. ’ The first human words. ” Finally, The last example of dehumanization are when they had 80 people in a cattle car, all squished with the heat, and no water, food, light, and very little air for 3 days in a row. “After two days of traveling we began to be tortured by the thirst. Then the heat became unbearable. ” P. 22 hc. In the same page, “The doors were closed, we where caught in a trap, right up to our necks. ” Both this quotes remind me of goats and sheep when they are taken from one farm to another.

All in top of each other, squished, nothing to eat, very little air, no light. Another proof of dehumanization is on the same page when an officer tells them “There are eighty of you in this wagon, if anyone is missing, you will all be shot, like dogs. ” Not only did they separate them from their families, took their most treasured items, made them feel like dogs, but also they blamed them If something went wrong, or someone was missing. There was a lot of dehumanization in this book. But mostly, it was full of shocking, terrifying, evil, events that must never be allowed to repeat.

At the end of everything the Nazis achieved what they wanted to happen, make the Jews feel like animals. But after all, the only people that remained as animals where the Nazis themselves. This is because NO human can be so ignorant to kill people because of their religion. NO human is born with no feelings, to take kids away from their parents, or watch kids suffer. No one can be able to watch kids and adults starving to death, without blaming themselves or be tramautizised. In conclusion, I think that the most animal-like people in the holocaust itself are the Nazis.